[Drive-In Double Feature] Sneaky Zombies

We’re back to the drive-in! On this week’s episode we discussed the movie Pontypool. It’s a zombie film to a T, but you may not realize it right away. With that in mind, I put together a double bill that features a movie I just watched for the first time, and one that basically defined my teenage years. These are either technically zombie movies, or technically not zombie movies depending on who you ask. Either way, they deal with people coming back from the dead.

Movie #1 – Psychomania (aka The Death Wheelers)

(1973 / PG / 1h 25m)
S: George Sanders, Beryl Reid, Nicky Henson / W: Julian Zimet, Arnaud d’Usseau / D: Don Sharp

Tom, a Richie Rich mommy’s boy/leader of a Satanic biker gang, spends his time with his friends by performing rituals and terrorizing their small British town. A deep family secret, only thought to be legend until now, is revealed to Tom and he wants in immediately: eternal life. After committing suicide by riding his motorcycle off a bridge, and being buried – on his bike in an upright position – Tom returns to share his newfound secret with his friends. He convinces every member of the gang besides his girlfriend to do the same – the secret being that you must believe you will return – and they do so, all returning but one. All the while Chief Inspector Hesseltine is doing everything he can to stop the Living Dead, including getting to Tom’s girlfriend.

Different, fun, silly, weird. I was delightfully surprised.

Movie #2 – The Crow

(1994 / R / 1h 42m)
S: Brandon Lee, Ernie Hudson, Michael Wincott, Rochelle Davis / W: David J. Schow, John Shirley / D: Alex Proyas

Eric Draven, gothic and punk rock to the core, was a man in love, preparing to spend the rest of his life with the woman he loved. That is, until the night gangsters broke into their home and brutally murdered the loved birds. A year later, Draven is brought back to life by a magical crow who, one-by-one, leads him to he and his fiancee’s murderers, going all the way to the top – Top Dollar, that is (Heh, get it?). With the crow as his sensei, Winston Zeddmore as his police liaison, and a preteen girl as his sidekick, Eric Draven becomes the vigilante superhero 1994 needed.

Total Time: 1h 25m + 10m break + 1h 42m = 3h 17m

I’m curious about what about movies you consider to be sneaky zombie movies. Leave your suggestions in the comments, and let’s see if there are enough to make this a sub-genre all its own.

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